So how do you access these mountains make the Mt. Washington Valley, NH so famous, and that so many people who have hiked them have come to love? First you take the MWV Pledge to promise to protect them! Sign your name and join the others who pledge to care for this forest to ensure it sticks around for years to come!
Once you do that, we suggest you hire a guide! Reserving a mountain adventure with a professional guide has a myriad of benefits. Three that are at the top of our list are:
1) Support the local economy! Mt. Washington Valley guides have dedicated their life to the White Mountains. They live, work, and play in these mountains, and support the outdoor economy that works to preserve this forest.
2) Safety! The guides of Mt. Washington Valley have years of market research and hands-on training when it comes to troubleshooting weather, mapping trails, equipment, and more. They’ve seen and done it all in the White Mountains, and know how to address any situation once you’re out on the trail.
3) Fun! You’ll see the White Mountains through a whole new set of eyes. Tap into the years of experience that many of these guides have. They’ll share their favorite hiking stories, historical anecdotes of the trails, and maybe even impart some of their tried-and-true hiking tips with you.
Redline Guiding offers customized adventures and educational experiences. Choose from backpacking adventures to nature tours to hiking adventures. The guides can personalize each adventure based on the type of challenge you’re looking for. They also offer winter mountaineering adventures that range from beginner ice climbing trips to summiting Mount Washington.
AMC Highland Center and Joe Dodge Lodge are two adventure centers overseen by the Appalachian Mountain Club. The Highland Center is located in Crawford Notch, off of route 302, and the Joe Dodge Lodge is in Pinkham Notch off of route 16. Both offer overnight accommodations and guided adventures for individuals and groups. Staff-led trips are customized for adults, children, teens and groups.
Bretton Woods has a summer adventure center that offers full-day and half-day guided hikes, as well as guided rock climbing adventures. One interesting adventure you could take with a guide from Bretton Woods is the “West Wall Climb” that includes a ride on its Skyway Gondola to a short hike to the Bretton Woods ski area’s West Mountain, where you will find several routes of varying difficulty.
Tin Mountain Conservation Center regularly hosts seasonally appropriate guided mountain adventures. Themed adventures pair hikes with education, focusing on birds, flora and fauna, and more. Each adventure is available to a variety of ability levels.